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Gap postpones Kanye West, Balenciaga launch in light of Texas school shooting

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Ye, aka Kanye West, and Gap have announced a brief pause in the launch of their Yeezy Gap Engineered by Balenciaga collection, which was set to roll out Wednesday. The postponement comes in the wake of Tuesday’s Texas school shooting, in which 18-year-old Salvador Ramos opened fire at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, killing 19 children and two adults.

Instead, the new collection will release this Friday, May 27.

A statement posted to the collection’s website and Twitter page reads, “In light of the tragedy in Uvalde, Texas, we are postponing the Yeezy Gap Engineered by Balenciaga launch until Friday, May 27. As we pause, our hearts go out to the families and communities impacted.” 

Ye debuted the new partnership in February at the time of his live performance experience of songs from Donda 2, which dropped exclusively on the rapper’s Stem Player on February 23. 

A recent announcement about his upcoming single “True Love” with late rapper XXXTentacion, expected this Friday, hinted at a rerelease of Ye’s 11th studio album, Donda 2. 

Yeezy Gap Engineered by Balenciaga will be available at YeezyGap.com and Farfetch.com.

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